Articles

  • NHSi's Workforce Plans: briefing notes

    In November 2018 NHS Improvement announced plans to develop required standards for NHS workforce deployment systems focusing on the requirements for electronic rostering, job planning, junior doctor and staff agency services. This document summarises the current status of NHSi's plans and Rotamap's views, as a specialist provider of electronic rostering services for doctors.

  • Stories: Talks from people who inform our approach

    Our approach has been informed by NHS doctors and managers who have found ways of inspiring their teams, as well as professionals from outside the world of healthcare. We invite people who inform our approach to present at our events, and these videos are taken from several of those occasions.

  • Jos de Blok: Keep It Small, Keep It Simple

    This article focuses on the home-care organisation Buurtzorg and the work of its CEO and founder, Jos de Blok. This provides some notes on Jos' presentation delivered as speaker at Rotamap's Spring 2019 Event, and a summary of Buurtzorg's innovative organisational structure and practices.

  • Article 3: The qualities and benefits of collaboration

    The focus of this article is the benefits a collaborative approach can bring both to individual professionals but also the clients they work for and the institutions in which they work. It is instructive first to consider the problems that arise in attempts to adopt systems such as the central line checklist or the WHO theatre protocol.

  • Article 2: The many challenges that confront adopting a systematic, collaborative approach

    This article explores the many challenges facing the introduction of a systematic, collaborative approach. Our argument is that how professionals work together is as important as the expertise that they bring, and that individual performance is inextricably linked with that of each member of the whole team involved in a procedure.

  • Article 1: In praise of a systems approach for professionals

    This is the first of three articles discussing aspects of team collaboration, particularly in a clinical setting. Each discusses important aspects of how the horizontal approach, as distinct from a highly individualised and professionalised vertical paradigm, can provide benefits to professional teams. This approach can also yield surprising insights that can hold value for the managers of the unit in question.


Benchmarks

Rotamap provides inter-department benchmarks at its March and September events to assist departments in determining aspects of their performance and practice in relation to other departments. Intra-department analysis is also provided to help departments discern trends in their activity.

Data is presently derived from the RotaMC management console and modeled using the R statistics package. Dr Simon Jones of Surrey University has consulted on our statistical methods, and analysis techniques have been developed with Dr. Justyna Petke of the UCL CREST centre.

Standard deviation curve of staff productivity rates for a department 2012—2013

Standard deviation curve of staff productivity rates for a department 2012—2013

  • October 2019 benchmarks

    The October 2019 benchmarks were sent out in advance of our Autumn 2019 event at Farmers and Fletchers in London.

    The benchmarking packs are compiled according to the report settings configuration in CLWRota and Medirota. Information on how to change CLWRota and Medirota report settings can be found in the Reports configuration guide.

  • March 2019 benchmarks

    At our our Spring event at the RSA in London, Rachel Christie and Tom Bermejo presented our latest benchmarking data packs.

    Departmental extra usage p-charts, cancellations and predictive data were among some of the topics discussed.

  • Autumn 2018 benchmarks

    At our our Autumn 2018 event at the Stanley Building by King's Cross in Central London, Jacob Kirk presented an analysis based on Rotamap's system Service Reports.

    The talk focused on how heatmaps, p-charts and other visualisations of department data can help provide insights for improving department performance through reducing variation.

  • March 2018 benchmarks

    At our our Spring event at the RSA in central London, Jacob Kirk and Tom Kelly presented our latest benchmarking data packs.

    Cross departmental analysis, surgical theatre and clinic usage and anaesthetic trainee activity were among some of the topics discussed.

  • September 2017 benchmarks

    At our Autumn event at Birmingham new Medirota benchmarks were presented and discussed.

    These new benchmarks looked at the differences between theatre and clinic delivery across surgical specialties.

  • March 2017 benchmarks

    The March 2017 benchmarks were presented and discussed at our Spring event at the RSA in central London.

    Jacob Kirk, Nick Edgeworth, Lee Stennet and Dr Mark Cox presented the data.

  • September 2016 benchmarks

    The September 2016 benchmarks were presented at our series of regional events in Birmingham and Edinburgh.

    Jacob Kirk and Lee Stennet from Rotamap presented on combining a variety of data sources to improve service delivery.

  • March 2016 benchmarks

    The March 2016 benchmarks were presented at the 2016 Rotamap event held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in central London on 18 March 2016.

    Ollie Fielding from Rotamap presented on what data can do for your department.

  • September 2015 benchmarks

    In autumn 2015 we held a series of regional events across the UK for CLWRota and Medirota. The first event was held in Bristol on 10 September 2015. At these events we presented our latest set of departmental data and benchmarks.

  • March 2015 benchmarks

    The March 2015 benchmarks were presented at the 2015 Rotamap event held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in central London on 20 March 2015.

    Ollie Fielding from Rotamap presented his Good Department Checklist and 5 Department Comparison benchmark-related talks at this event.

  • September 2014 benchmarks

    The latest set of benchmarks were presented at the 2014 CLWRota Forum in the Battlebridge Room at King's Place, Central London on 19 September 2014.

    The benchmarks were presented by Dr Mark Cox of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Dr Jason Wilson of Imperial College Healthcare.

  • March 2014 benchmarks

    The latest set of benchmarks were presented at the 2014 Training & Management Day event in the Battlebridge Room at King's Place, Central London on 20 March 2014.

    Along with some new analysis of solo activity split between junior and senior trainee grades, two year benchmark data for departments with the requisite historical information were also shown.

  • September 2013 benchmarks

    The latest set of benchmarks were presented at the 2013 Annual Forum event in the Battlebridge Room at King's Place, Central London on 19 September 2013.

    Among the new developments in how department data can be analysed were a series of graphs comparing expected numbers of departmental sessions with the number of sessions delivered.

  • March 2013 benchmarks

    The March 2013 benchmarks were presented at the March 2013 Training & Management Day, held at the Battlebridge Room at King's Place.

    Apart from presenting the expanded set of measures first released at the September 2012 forum, we introduced a new standard deviation curve of individual productivity rates for discussion.

  • September 2012 benchmarks

    The September 2012 benchmarks were presented at the September 2012 Forum held at the Wellcome Collection in central London.

    We took data from the newly released Rota Management Console (RotaMC) and introduced some new statistical measures including the use of P-charts and funnel plots.

  • March 2012 benchmarks

    The March 2012 benchmarks were presented at the 2012 Training & Management day, held at the Wellcome Collection in Central London.

  • 2011 benchmarks

    The second presentation of benchmarks was made at the September 2011 Forum, following an initial introductory discussion of some initial benchmarks at the inaugural 2011 Training & Management event. Sixteen departments were included in the analysis.